POSTED January 6, 2013-- 6:15 p,m.
The coldest day Wisconsin's had since 1996 has actually been good for business. On a day that Bouncy Town in Windsor would normally be closed, they've opened their doors to many grateful parents and kids.
After braving the cold at the Packers game yesterday, Dave Brice, Bob Welling, and Kelly Gallagher took off the day from work and brought their kids to Bouncy Town.
"We have to get them out of the house and get them somewhere where they don't drive mom crazy," said Dave Brice jokingly.
"We hopefully get a lot of kids during this cold spell here," said Bouncy Town owner, Ro Means.
By 1:00 p.m., there had already been about 40 kids bouncing around. That's about double the amount they have on a normal week day.
"We had a lot of requests from moms and dads who knew the schools were going to be closed," said Means.
The temperature inside was about 100 degrees warmer than outside.
"It's kind of sweaty in here once you get used to playing," said Adele Welling.
The usual hot spots like Monona Bay and Tenney Park were barren today.
But some still braved the cold.
"I'm out walking my dog getting him a little activity," said Christine Eisele. "I make sure I'm dressed really well and keep an eye on him and watch the signs."
With many schools also closed tomorrow, the owner of Bouncy Town expects another bounce in business.
The YMCA also has a child care program. It's a drop in program starting at 7 a.m. and running until 6 p.m.